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The 5 most disappointing losses in Panthers history


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#61 Mr Mojo Risin

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:29 AM

That ATL loss last year is up there that one really sucked the life out of me



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:39 AM

1 - Super Bowl loss

2 - playoff loss to Arizona

3 - playoff loss to Seattle

4 - opening day loss to Iggles

5 - overtime loss to Atlanta week 1 1995

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:52 AM

I think a lot of people over look, or don't remember the first loss in Panther history. 1995 week 1, inaugural season loss to Mylanta. Overtime thriller. I remember Willie Green catching a pass in the corner of the end zone to send the game in overtime. Just to have our hearts broken in OT. We have forever lived up to the moniker of Cardiac Cats.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:21 AM

As weird as it may sound, the Super Bowl and the 08 ARI playoff game are 1a and 1b to me. I didn't expect us to win the Super Bowl, and I was too young at the time to truly remember it all. I did however, fully expect us to win it all in 2008. And that game was on my birthday. Gut...punch. 



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:30 AM

2005 NFC championship game against the Seahawks,,,man that game was awful.

 



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 03:40 AM

AZ 08/early 09 is tops, imo.  All that momentum, the intuitive feeling we'd crush them....gone in practically an instant.

 

The problem is, there's a lot of 1B, imo...the September Falcons game last year was crushing, but so was the Super Bowl, so was opening day against Filthadelphia in 09, so was frankly most of our Bills losses, Giants '08...



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:14 AM

Anyone remember 1999 game at Pittsburgh? Second to last game. Seiferts first year. The offense had taken off down the stretch and we basically needed to win that game and beat the saints the next week to get in the playoffs.

The steelers were a bad team that year and had Mike Tomzcak at qb. A huge snowstorm came up in the second half and Jerome Bettis ran all over us resulting in a crushing loss.

The next week we were forced to run up the score on Jake Delhomme and the saints in a desperate effort to win the "point differential" tie breaker. We crushed them but lost out to Green Bay.

Had we just beaten the lowly steelers a win against the saints would have been enough.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:22 PM

I guess the Super Bowl loss didn't hit me quite as hard because I never expected us to win. I just wanted to NOT be embarrassed. I don't think we were; we converted many a doubter in that game.

Same with the Seattle game in 2005. We were already crippled heading into that game and it got worse during the game. Seattle had all the momentum, Alexander couldn't be stopped that year, and the game was in Seattle. I remember reading that the Panthers were practicing with jet engines around the field to simulate the crowd noise. I knew we couldn't overcome all those odds. But I sat there faithfully, interception after interception with the slightest bit of hope for a 4th quarter miracle.

But 2008 was our year. I was a million percent confident we would hoist the Lombardi that year. That AZ game physically and emotionally sickened me. Had I known the downward spiral was only beginning, who knows what I would have done.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:34 PM

The 2004 Saints game is definitely one that crushed me hard. Then they beat us again the first game of 2005. I hate the Saints.

 

The 2008 Playoff game is of course up there too. I was working 3rd shift at that time and I got pissed and left for work early so I wouldn't have to finish the game.

 

The Super Bowl of course.

 

The NFC Championship game in Seattle from the 2005 season. I was sure we were going to win and be right back in the super bowl. Really a tough game.

 

I'm trying to think of a 5th one that really crushed me but I'm having trouble. I remember there were a few games in '01 where after it was over I was crushed because we were so close every game and lost. I can't remember any specifics though I was only 14 or 15 that year.



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:40 PM

2002 game against the cowboys? Up 13-0 with about 3 minutes left. Galloway burned us for about 80 yards then we just fell apart. Gave them the ball back and lot them march right up the field.

I think we were still above .500 at the time and that game made that losing streak go on forever.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:35 PM

Honestly, the game in '08 that I remember is the Giants game.  I was flying home to visit family that afternoon and through the beauty of the flex schedule the game had moved to the evening so my bro and I could watch it together.  We believed it was our time all the way up to Kasey's missed FG.  That was totally deflating and at that point overtime just felt like we were watching a predetermined result.  After the lackluster showing the following week I sort of knew the Arizona game was not going to go well.  I did not think it would be as bad as it was, but I did not have the confidence going in that would have made that loss as demoralizing as some others.

 

As for the Seattle game.  That team was so beat up I was just happy to be there.  I never expected to beat Chicago to be honest.

 

The SB is obviously #1, but that '08 Giants game is an easy #2 for me and the aforementioned Saints game in '04 that kept us home in January is #3.  The Arizona playoff game is probably still fourth, due ot the stakes. 

 

My #5 would be a toss-up from two games last season.  First is the Chicago game.  Not sure what it was about that game that pissed me off so much more than all the other close losses, but the following two weeks I did other things on Sunday.  They were only the second and third games I had ever missed.  The next game was the home loss to Tampa.  We took my brother to the game as part of his Bachelor Party.  Our family had moved to the Tampa area in '96 and this was our first trip back for a game.  What seemed like a perfect end to a great weekend turned awful.  The fact that two members of the group were Tampa fans and the Bucs are the one team we hate more than any other made it worse.



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:53 PM

I think a lot of people over look, or don't remember the first loss in Panther history. 1995 week 1, inaugural season loss to Mylanta. Overtime thriller. I remember Willie Green catching a pass in the corner of the end zone to send the game in overtime. Just to have our hearts broken in OT. We have forever lived up to the moniker of Cardiac Cats.

would have won too....freaking false start cost of the game.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:56 AM

Sorry for the delay. I've recently accepted a new job and will literally be moving to the other side of the world. It's been a little hectic to say the least. Additionally, if anyone has any experience selling a car while abroad, please PM me. 

 

First, a similar game that isn't on this list. 

 

Not That Disappointing Big Loss: Cardinals @ Panthers 2008

 

The 2008 season was really fun and weird. Seemingly out of nowhere the Panthers evolved in the second half of the season into one of the best running teams in NFL history. Good running offenses are fun to watch. There's nothing quite as exciting as watching someone get run over, and especially the second Tampa game had ton of those moments.

 

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Every game heading into the Panthers first round bye was an exciting barn burner complete with last second stands, big scores, score changes, etc. 

 

The season also had two of my favorite individual moments in Panthers history. The first came, of course, on the last second Jake Delhomme pass to Rosario Dawson, fresh off her role in Sin City, to beat the Chargers in week 1. What a lot of people don't remember about that game is Steve Smith didn't play, and Carolina actually should have won that by about 10, but San Diego pulled some ridiculous bullshit to require that final play.

 

the other was a fun moment against Kansas City when Tyler Thigpen threw the worst interception I've ever seen. Ken Lucas settled under the ball like a punt. They could have called intentional grounding if we had dropped it. 

 

Anyway, back to my point. There were two critical points that no one on here (and I was just as guilty) was seeing at the time. First, the defense was falling apart. Remember, this is a huge running team. Even adjusting for how prolific DeAngelo was at long TD runs that season (tied Jim Brown's record), you should be in shoot outs if you're moving that well on the ground. In the second half of the season, the Panthers gave up 22, 28, 31, 23, 28, and finished giving up 31 points to the Giants. that was a game where the defense might as well have no been on the field. 

 

on top of that, Jake was already starting to melt down. Jake was always prone to games where he couldn't really do that much, but coming out of the bye he had two of the worst games of his career. They were against the two worst teams in the league that year, so the Panthers were able to grit it out, but we should have seen what was coming after Jake came off the first round bye. 

 

Additionally, the Cardinals and Panthers had already played that year. 

 

So, let's recap this. 

 

1. Defense is falling apart. Ken Lucas might as well not take the field.

2. Jake has struggled mightily coming off a bye already this year, and is showing signs that it's almost over.

3. The offense is centered around running and play action.

4. John Fox is notoriously stubborn against a creative play caller that has already seen them in the year. 

5. Arizona was showing serious buzz saw potential after their game with Atlanta

 

Guess what! All of those things came to bite the Panthers in the ass! Jake melted down famously. Fox refused to move Gamble around to follow Larry Fitzgerald, who victimized whomever he wanted. The run game was taken out of the equation. Forced to play catch up, Jake imploded further. the Arizona offense and defense gameplan was on point. after halftime <shocking> chris gamble was shadowing fitzgerald but it was too late. 

 

John Fox came into the press conference, shrugged, and said "we picked a bad day to have a bad day." I know people on here like to pretend we're better than most countries but in Soviet Russia he would have been handed a gun with a chambered round after saying that. 

 

We didn't realize it was over then but we were already dead. The final blow would come months later at the Eagles game, like I already mentioned. I'm not going over points again I've already mentioned, especially since this one isn't actually even on the list. This writeup ended up much longer than i planned.

 

I know this was a disappointing loss. I know most of you haven't been following the team this long and there aren't much worse than this. I know you actually wanted me to keep going with this list and I didn't. My bad. I'm waiting for a lunch meeting and had a free twenty minutes. by the end of all this, I think you'll agree with my assessment of this game in the grande scheme of things. It sucked but we should have seen it coming. The team was a scarecrow. 

 

Also a week prior my girlfriend of 4 years had dumped me so at that point i was basically fug IT ALL LET IT BURN MUAHAHAHAH THROW ANOTHER PICK JAKE IT MAKES ME SO HARD PAIN IS ALL I KNOW

 

i swear ill write more later i promise



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:33 PM

So have fun in another country, don't forget to take your depression with you

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 03:22 PM

thanks. i'll probably get malaria too so maybe i'll poo it out.